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Fame Is the Spur (1947)

Passed  -  Drama  -  30 November 1949 (USA)
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A British politician finds that his intense liberal views become more conservative with his rise to power.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosamund John ...
Ann Radshaw
Tom Hannaway
Carla Lehmann ...
Lady Lettice
Hugh Burden ...
Arnold Ryerson
Marjorie Fielding ...
Aunt Lizzie
Seymour Hicks ...
Old Buck (as Sir Seymour Hicks)
Tony Wager ...
The Boy Hamer (as Anthony Wager)
Brian Weske ...
The Boy Ryerson
Gerald Fox ...
The Boy Hannaway
Jean Shepeard ...
Mrs. Radshaw
Guy Verney ...
Percy Walsh ...
Lord Liskeard
Charles Wood ...


Hamer Radshaw rises from a Manchester slum to an important post in the British Cabinet but, along the way, his strong socialist beliefs undergo modifications to the extent that, while maintaining them in principle, he diametrically opposes them in practice. His 'spur' for prosperity and social status causes him to sacrifice his ideals and friends, including allowing his wife, a fighter for women's rights, to be jailed. Written by Les Adams <>

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Based on the career of Ramsay MacDonald. See more »

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British Citizen Kane?
14 October 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

To me this has parallels to Love on The Dole .It is in other words very derivative.Featuring an idealistic politician who starts out as a political firebrand and ends up as a part of the establishment opposed to the people who put him in parliament in the first place.Michael Redgrave was really in the middle of a winning streak when he took on this part.I have to say that few films about British politics have been very exciting and this one is no exception.This film would obviously have rung a rather large bell when released in 1946 as this was the first year of a Labour administration.So one feels that this film is trying to point out the mistakes that had been made by previous Labour administrations,and in particular Ramsey MacDonald upon whom the main character was apparently based.

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